We feature some of the best Best Rosé wines from france including Iconic global stars and boutique Producers
Château d’Esclans & the People behind Whispering Angel
Whispering Angel is today’s worldwide reference for Provence rosé. Made from Grenache, Cinsault and Rolle (Vermentino), its pale color is pleasing to the eye and draws one in. The rewarding taste profile is full and lush while being bone dry with a smooth finish. Highly approachable and enjoyable with a broad range of cuisine, Whispering Angel is a premium rosé that you can drink from mid-day to midnight.
Created by Sacha Lichine following his acquisition of Château d’Esclans in 2006, his vision was to create the greatest rosés in the world igniting the “Rosé Renaissance”. Sacha introduced new and innovative winemaking techniques to Provence which revolutionized the styles of rosés being produced from this region. This led to the creation of Whispering Angel, a world class rosé which presents both ease and accessibility making for enjoyment and pleasure.
As Sacha says “In the Esclans Valley angels whisper. If you drink this wine, you might hear them… If you visit us, you might see them.”
Pale pink in colour, it has flavours of redcurrant, dried flowers and spices on the nose, with a subtle herbal quality. Dry, with bitter red fruit flavours, it has a firm finish with lingering herbal notes.
Grenache | Cinsault | Syrah | Rolle
Ultimate Provence – A Twist on the Traditional Vineyard Experience
Ultimate Provence – UP – is a new winery built on the foundations of an exceptional wine estate near Saint-Tropez. Within the beautiful 114 acres you will also find an exceptional hotel and restaurant designed to bold, original and stylish.
At the heart of UP, is the Rose Wine itself which is an exceptional wine and the team stop at nothing to ensure that the wine will continue to win critical acclaim.
A little about Ultimate Provence commitment to producing one of the best Rose Wines on the market:
- Syrah-based rosés, traditional in style, modern in taste
- Grapes are always harvested at night to preserve freshness and immediately pressed
- Cold static settling & delicate and patient work on the sediment
- Clear juice fermentation, between 14° and 16°C
- Ageing on fine lees in temperature-controlled stainless-steel vat
Day & Night – What does UP Rosé like most?
Lunch inspired by daring fusion cuisine. Its aromas are the perfect partner to a lightly-spiced Thai green curry with king prawns or simple carpaccio of raw and cooked tomatoes.
As dusk descends, it is the ideal companion to pre-dinner drinks and casual aperitifs with friends.
And after dark, it transforms into a trendy cocktail…
The spice notes from the Syrah provides a dry, white pepper characteristic across the entire palate. A touch of Rolle gives great acidity and brightness that lends notes of winter citrus, spice with a warming finish.
Grenache Noir | Cinsault | Syrah | Rolle
Château Minuty – an Iconic Provence Vineyard overlooking the Saint-Tropez Peninsula
For over 80 years on the Saint-Tropez peninsula, Château Minuty has been the story of the Matton-Farnet family.
Already the owner of the Domaine de Châteauneuf in Vidauban, Gabriel Farnet acquired Château Minuty in 1936. The Estate and its small chapel were originally built under Napolean III, the latter lending its name “De l’Oratoire” to the wine that was for years the Estate’s flagship product.
Many of the most prestigious hotels on the Côte d’Azur still stock this curved bottle.
Gabriel Farnet began by completely replanting the Estate, bringing Château Minuty back to its former glory and splendor after the Second World War.
Today Jean-Etienne and François Matton have taken over Minuty, pushing the estate even further forward. They have left their mark by continuing to restructure the vineyard, replacing the Carignan and Ungi Blanc varietals with Grenache and Rolle and by streamlining the winery equipment to create a modern, state of the art facility.
Château Minuty wines are vibrantly expressive. Fresh and fruity gems elegantly presented in decidedly modern bottles ranging from the super iconic Estate wines ‘Château Minuty 281’ & ‘Château Minuty Or’ through to the emblematic icons of the ‘Prestige’ and ‘M’ range.
These wines are elaborated in true Minuty style, combining freshness with great fruit extract and intense flavours and are true customer favourites.
A beautiful pale pink colour, with aromas of redcurrants giving way to a fresh, yet well-rounded palate offering delicate flavours of peaches and candied orange peel.
Cinsault | Grenache | Syrah
Domaine Mirabeau – a Journey from a Dream to Reality
After years of dreaming and scheming, Jeany and Stephen made the decision to leave the leafy suburbs of South London behind in exchange for the blue skies and sunshine of Provence. With three young children in tow, they held hands and leapt into the unknown. Armed with big ambitions to make a world-class rosé wine, and willing to challenge established wisdom, they founded Mirabeau. They embarked upon the ultimate family adventure and created one of the world’s most loved brands of rosé.
The Vineyard is located 13km from the historic village of La Garde-Freinet and in the commune of the Golfe de Saint-Tropez, the domaine is a just an hour from Nice airport and an hour-and-a-quarter from Marseille and therefore ideally situated for international travel and exploring the glamourous French Riviera. Nestling in a secluded section of the Plaine des Maures National Nature Reserve, its unique position means it’s also close to Provence’s stunning villages, idyllic countryside and coastline.
Domaine Mirabeau falls within the newly created subregion within the Côtes de Provence AOC, Notre Dame des Anges. The terroir covers 3,900 hectares of vineyards interwoven within the landscape of umbrella pines, cork oak trees and chestnut groves typical of the Plaine des Maures, an ecosystem rich in fauna and flora.
The 20-hectare estate includes 14 hectares of vines (principally grenache, cinsault and rolle) and enjoys a Mediterranean climate with hot summers, bright sunlight and a prevailing easterly wind. Unlike the rest of the region, which is dominated by low, soft-leaved ‘garrigue’ scrubland, this part of Provence is noticeably different with evergreen ‘maquis’ scrubland and stony terrain formed from pink sandstone and sandy soils
Mirabeau Approach to Regenerative Agriculture
Stephen and Jeany are deeply committed to the environment and finding a way to produce leading wines whilst also farming in a way that respects and preserves the surrounding ecosystem.
They at the very beginning of this Regenerative Agriculture journey at Domaine Mirabeau, having only stopped conventional farming when Stephen and Jeany bought the domaine back in September 2019, and are now on our four-year conversion to Organic.
Domaine Mirabeau is a true farm, complete with animals that all play a key part in their ecosystem. Free range chickens and ducks provide eggs for visiting guests at the as well as eating insects that destroy plants, their pigs Frankie and Digby help reduce food waste, and alpacas Vince and Pablo provide manure for the vegetable garden.
Their environmental commitments guide all their activities on the domaine and they are continuously striving to reduce our carbon footprint. They take their eco-credentials very seriously and have set ambitious goals to become entirely plastic-free, minimise the use of energy, water and raw materials and are also exploring other ways to reduce waste
Mirabeau Azure Provence Rosé
Night harvested followed by gentle direct pressing, partial cold maceration and temperature controlled fermentation. The wines are protected by inert gas from vineyard to bottling.
Mirabeau Azure Provence Rosé will not be found in the supermarkets as it is exclusively made for the Independent Wine Merchant and Fine Restaurants, this beautiful Rosé wine is “about as good as Provençale Rosés get.”
A fabulous dish to showcase the wine would be grilled salmon, kumquat salsa and miso- glazed aubergine.
Take me to Provence now….
Mirabeau Azure has a fine concentration, with wild strawberry and raspberry flavours taking centre stage, balanced by a fresh citrus acidity and leading to a sumptuous finish.
90% Grenache | 10% Cinsault
Domaine Lafage – a Marvelous Patchwork of Amazing Terroirs in Roussillon
In the heart of Roussillon, the southernmost point of France, in a stone-built 15th century Catalan farmhouse, Domaine Lafage overlooks the road that connects the small town of Perpignan to the Mediterranean coast. A unique panorama shows an incredible view over the sea, dominated by the snow-capped peak of the mountain of Canigou, so dear to the Catalans.
The vineyard of the Domaine today extends over more than 350 hectares across the whole of Roussillon, from the Mediterranean shores at Canet-en-Roussillon, to the Pyrenean foothills of Aspres, via Maury.
Roussillon is a region of great wildness, which demands respect and close attention to understand how to work in sympathy with the land. The work is hard, and needs a long-term vision, but the result is there to be seen, with wonderful grapes that give rise to great wines. Jean-Marc and Eliane Lafage have established a very detailed mapping of their vineyard through an in-depth study of the soil and subsoil. This knowledge makes it possible to adapt, very precisely, the cultivation methods to the types of wine they wish to obtain, while respecting the typicity of each micro-terroir.
The Estate has a total of 15 grape varieties, as well as an important heritage of very old vines, including some centenarians. The fragmentation of the plots, which spread like a mosaic across the whole of the Catalan territory, reflects the careful way that different terroirs have been acquired and worked over the past 2 decades.
Miraflors Rosé Wine – the Flagship Rose of the Domain
It’s always nice to find a delicious, light, juicy rosé outside of Provence and Miraflors Rose is a favourite with our customers.
The vineyard is located in the IGP Côtes Catalanes and the wine is made from Grenache Gris and Noir vines some nearing 80-years-old, together with a portion of younger Mourvèdre, this is made from early-picked grapes to ensure a fresher style and pressed without crushing for an incredibly pale hue.
Miraflors Rose Wine has been winning over critics and receiving plenty of awards and this Rose Wine is must have feature in your wine rack.
Grown on terraced plots along the coast and aged in concrete, it is decidedly Provencal in style. It is juicy, with pure strawberry, citrus and orange peel flavours. The wine has a distinct minerality, with a deliciously fresh finish.
50% Mourvèdre | 30% Grenache Gris | 20% Grenache Noir
The Château de Berne domain
The Château de Berne vineyard produces Côtes de Provence reds, rosés and whites – amongst the best in the region.
Over an area of 121 hectares, the vineyard is located on a Triassic plateau which rests on a mid-to-late Jurassic limestone bed.
The domain is sheltered by 500 hectares of forests. The cool nights in the Haut-Var provide optimum conditions for the grapes to ripen slowly. While the rosé crop takes longer to reach maturity, it produces well-structured wines with a clear finish, which are particularly well-suited to accompanying contemporary cuisine.
Château de Berne – a Relais & Château Hotel, Spa and Michelin Star Restaurant
Between Lorgues and Flayosc, discover the virtues of Provence and its wines at the prestigious 18th century Château de Berne private domain, a place devoted to relaxation and well-being. The Château has been a pioneer in ushering in a new era of wine tourism. With the vineyard, 5-star hotel and spa, gourmet dining, outdoor and cultural activities… get a taste for the Provençal way of life !
A deliciously fresh with generous aromas of crunchy fruit. Notes of fresh summer fruits such as brugnon and peach as well as red fruit notes.
Merlot | Grenache | Syrah | Cabernet Sauvignon | Carignan